How would you interpret the word ‘tunnel’ here?
How would you interpret the word ‘tunnel’ in the phrase ‘the smashed tunnel by the river where the fighting had been’?
What kind of tunnel is that? I guess it means trench by the river. What do you think?
Thanks. It’s from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.the context:
The next year there were many victories. The mountain that was beyond the valley and the hillside where the chestnut forest grew was captured and there were victories beyond the plain on the plateau to the south and we crossed the river in August and lived in a house in Gorizia (the town). People lived on in the town and there were hospitals and cafés and artillery up side streets and two bawdy houses, one for troops and one for officers, and with the end of the summer, the cool nights, the fighting in the mountains beyond the town, the shell-marked iron of the railway bridge, the smashed tunnel by the river where the fighting had been, the trees around the square and the long avenue of trees that led to the square….